It’s been a week since I’ve published anything on Medium.
Today marks two weeks straight of only publishing one or two articles a week. Today I have to make myself sit down and write something to break the paralysis I’ve been under recently.
Back in November, I had a week where I wrote 5 stories in one day. I was writing every weekday as I had committed to do when I started here back in June.
I wrote enough in November that in December I rode the wave and almost broke $1,000 a month from the Partner Program.
The last two months I’ve been earning less than half of that each month.
While I’m tempted to be hard on myself for not writing, I’ve learned better. I’ve got a plan, and it’s going to work out. I just need to pass the licensing exam to become a professional engineer to get that out of the way.
And I’m going to do it.
Last weekend as my wife and I traveled for a short vacation to celebrate her grandpa’s 90th birthday; I learned a lot while talking with her. She is wise beyond her years, and a joy to have a good, long conversation with.
She helped me realize I need to say no more often so that I can say yes to the right work.
I learned from her that am painfully close to striking gold with my engineering and writing careers, and I can’t give up. In a lot of ways I already have hit gold, I’ve just lost the vein for a short time.
And, most importantly, my wife reminded me that success is dependent on our ability to persist in the things that are working. We don’t progress as fast when we’re perpetually starting new passion projects.
Success and exponential progression happen when we learn to love the process and double down on what’s already working. Last week, I got this priceless advice from my good friend Niklas Göke:
“It is a lot easier to go from $1000 on Medium to $3000 than to go from $0 to $1000 with a new thing.”
So, I’m going to double down on Medium, my freelance writing, and only the engineering jobs that I know I do best.
After all, the riches are in the niches, right?
To say that I’m excited that I am about to strike gold would be an understatement. The moment I realized this truth I felt like the light bulb of inspiration came back on in my head.
I love those moments when I receive inspiration about exactly what to do.
I still have this engineering exam to crush, but soon that will be done. Soon this current one-class semester of graduate school will be over. It will be summer. I can focus on the things that I am the very most excited for.
Things will get better, I just need to keep going.
In Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich there is a story told of a gold miner who gave up too soon. After a great sacrifice to procure all the equipment, striking a vein, then losing it, he gave up and quit. Another miner came by and after a short time found the vein within feet of where the previous miner had lost it.
Aren’t we all a little like the first miner that gave up? Ever starting new projects, excited about projections and the newness of it all, yet failing to persist in what’s working?
That’s where I’ve been recently — getting excited about new ideas and projects and the shiny novelty of it all. It’s time I doubled down on what’s going to really move the needle.
I may have temporarily lost my gold vein over the last few weeks, but with renewed commitment, I will persist and find it again.
“Don’t give up… Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead.”
— Jeffrey Holland